Al Green Biography

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Al Green is an American R&B, Gospel and Soul singer who enjoyed great popularity during the 70s.

Among his hits, you’d find ‘Let’s Stay Together’, ‘Take Me To The River’, and ‘Love and Happiness’

But he also successfully covered ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, ‘Unchained Melody’, ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘My Girl’.

Green was not signed to one of the major labels, instead, he opted for Memphis label Hi Records. Apart from Ann Peebles and her main hit ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’, Hi Records had all its success with Al Green’s recordings.

Following the serious success of the 70s, Green moved away from the commercial world and spent the 80s singing strictly gospel.

After all, Al Green was the reverend!

In 1988 he made a comeback and has been touring and releasing albums ever since.

His latest release came as late as 2018!

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A Change Is Gonna Come – Guitar Lesson

The intro to ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ is a guitar version of the string arrangement from the original recording.

Think of this song as if in the key of G. By applying a capo on fret 2 you’ll be in the same key as the original, A.

When you take the intermediate course we first learn it as in the video, then create a second guitar part using barre chords.

Go to video lessons: A Change Is Gonna Come chords.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Lyrics

A Change Is Gonna ComeI was born by the river in a little tent
And just like that river I’ve been running ever since
It’s been a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will
It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die

For complete lyrics, go to A Change Is Gonna Come lyrics.

Take Me To The River – Guitar Lesson

Take Me To The RiverThis song has been recorded in two keys, with two different singers.

In the first version, we take advantage of the low open strings the key of E gives us. This is the original key Al Green sang in.

In the second key of G, which suits a female voice better, the chords offer different advantages.

Go to video lessons: Take Me To The River chords.

Take Me To The River – Lyrics

Take Me To The RiverI don’t know why I love you like I do
After all these changes that you put me through
You stole my money and my cigarettes
And I haven’t seen hide nor hair of you yet
I wanna know

For complete lyrics, go to Take Me To The River lyrics.

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